The following is an extract from “Burnum Burnum’s Aboriginal Australia – A Traveller’s Guide”; Angus & Robertson 1988; ISBN 0 207 156301, found on page 316.

 

The sacred mountains were the centre of a series of religious events staged throughout the area.  Bora rings have been found in valleys nearby which served as the sites for initiation ceremonies.  The dulagar track, a route taken by one of the mythic beings from the mountains to the coast, is still known by some of the people at Wallaga Lake.

 

One of the most famous places on the South Coast is Tilba Tilba who lived, according to the legends of the Yuin people, the wathagundarls (small people who were believed to frequent the mountainous country).  According to the story, the little people lived in rocks and caves and they were dangerous to be trifled with.  The wathagundarls were very strong powerful; if upset, they would knock you down with a stick, tear clothes off and drag you over to a bulldog ants' nest.  The irate little people would hold you over the nest, and sit on you until the ants bit you to death. The bulldog ants would not hurt the little people because they were their mudjinjarls or spirits that could be called upon to do their bidding.

 

The little people of the Yuin story were always naked.  They used bows and arrows and lived only on birds, eating their food raw and never a fire.  They came out in the evening just about dark, never left one another and had no language but only grunted.